Things are staying busy in Frankfort. Many bills are making their way onto the Senate floor from various committees. This past week several important pieces of legislation were debated and passed. I am particularly proud of the success we had in advocating for Kentuckians’ Second Amendment rights.
I introduced Senate Bill 106 to allow anyone who has been granted an emergency protective or domestic violence order to receive a provisional CCDW permit from the Kentucky State Police in one business day. In some of these cases, victims need this type of protection as quickly as possible. Under the bill, applicants would undergo the same background checks and application requirements as any other CCDW applicant. In this case, however, the permit would expire in 45 days if the training requirements for a full CCDW license were not met. My bill passed unanimously in the Senate and now moves to the House for consideration.
Senate Bill 100 would modernize and streamline the concealed carry (CCDW) application process by allowing electronic submission for licenses in the state. This would expedite the electronic application process to two weeks (as opposed to two months for a paper application). Senate Bill 100 has the support of the Kentucky State Police, the Kentucky Sheriff’s Association, and the National Rifle Association.
The goal is to reduce the backlog of CCDW applications the state is dealing with. This would not change any training or licensing requirements but would simply allow law-abiding citizens to receive their CCDW license more quickly.
In an effort to make the CCDW application process more straightforward for veterans, Senate Bill 125 would further clarify the allowance for honorably discharged service members to forgo the training requirement for a CCDW license. The measure would allow them to sign an affidavit confirming completion of military handgun training.
We also passed Senate Bill 109 – legislation that broadens our current cigarette laws to include “electronic cigarettes.” E-cigarettes are sometimes marketed as a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes because they are smokeless. However they still emit a vaporized form of nicotine to users that supporters of the measure feel is addictive and unsafe for youth.
Recently the Richmond Register reported about the heroin problem in Madison County. The article quoted Richmond Police Chief Larry Brock as saying “Heroin is dominating the market right now. It has absolutely taken over.” Senate Bill 5, which I co-sponsored, takes aim at Kentucky’s overdose problem, creating more treatment beds for addicts and lengthening prison sentences for drug traffickers. It would allow more people to get help and would allow emergency responders and families to more effectively help those who need it. The bill awaits a hearing in the House of Representatives.
If you have any issues or concerns, please call my office in Frankfort at 502-564-8100 or toll free at 1-800-372-7181. I appreciate all input.